Maggie Armstrong grew up enchanted by her father’s tales of blood feuds and border raids. In fact, she could have easily fallen for the man portrayed in one particular image in his portrait collection. Yet when her father reveals he was himself an infamous Border reiver, she finds it a bit far-fetched—to say the least—especially when he announces his plans to return to his sixteenth century Scottish home with her in tow.
Suspecting it’s just his way of getting her to accompany him on yet another archaeological dig, Maggie agrees to the expedition, only to find herself transported four hundred and fifty years into the past. Though a bit disoriented at first, she discovers her father’s world to be every bit as exciting as his stories, particularly when she’s introduced to Ian Rutherford, the charming son of a neighboring laird. However, when her uncle announces her betrothal to Ian, Maggie’s twentieth-century sensibilities are outraged. She hardly even knows the man. But a refusal of his affections could ignite a blood feud.
Maggie’s worlds are colliding. Though she’s found the family she always wanted, the sixteenth century is a dangerous place. Betrayal, treachery, and a tragic murder have her questioning whether she should remain or try to make her way back to her own time.
To make matters worse, tensions escalate when she stumbles across Bonnie Will Foster, the dashing young man in her father’s portrait collection, only to learn he is a dreaded Englishman. But could he be the hero she’s always dreamed him to be? Or will his need for revenge against Ian shatter more than her heart?
Growing up on an Edinburgh council estate in the 1970s, Stu didn’t realise that he had limited options for his life ahead.
BECOMING STUART takes a journey from the young life of Stu and the difficulties he faced with a broken home life, through domestic abuse and on to dealing with and understanding his friendship with punk rocker Johnny.
Set around the turn of the 21st century, this is a story that explores the unexpected and shows how one young man deals with physical and mental abuse at the hand of his girlfriend.
It also deals with male bonding and the difficulties he suffered trying to understand things that are still relatively taboo in society.
Can Stu finally shake his past and move into a wonderful future? Will he ever be able to become Stuart? Contains adult themes and some Edinburgh dialect.